conflict between the Western governments and the Islamic
Republic of Iran can have disastrous human, political and social
consequences. The terrible experience of Iraq has shown to all
the catastrophes that can result from economic sanctions and a
military attack. Deterioration of living conditions, economic
plight, death, destruction and displacement of people, and
increased repression by the Islamic regime, would be some of the
immediate consequences of economic sanctions or a military
attack on Iran. This policy would unleash Islamic terrorism on
a regional scale and escalate it internationally.
We must stand up
with all our power to the US government’s and its allies’
bullying. We must put an end to the crimes of the opposite
pole, i.e. Islamic terrorism. We must help the people of
Islam-stricken countries to get rid of the menace of Islamic
terrorist states and forces. American militarism and Islamic
terrorism have brutalised the world. Neither of them has a
solution to the present crisis and its resulting problems.
Rather, they are themselves the cause of this crisis and its
aggravation. Civilised humanity must rise up against both these
poles and the suffering that they have imposed on the world.
The human and genuine solution to the problem of nuclear
weapons, to Islamic terrorism and its horrific crimes against
the people of the world, and to the militaristic bullying of the
US and Western governments lies in the hands of us people.
Amid all this, the
struggle of the people of Iran for freedom holds a prominent and
critical place. For years there has been a mass social movement
in Iran against the Islamic regime and for liberty and
equality. The triumph of this movement over the Islamic
Republic of Iran would be a decisive blow to political Islam and
Islamic terrorism throughout the world. It would also be a
powerful response to the US government’s political-military
interventionism aimed at regime change, in the name of
“exporting democracy”, and imposition of reactionary puppet
regimes on other societies. The victory of the Iranian people
would be a giant step forward and a turning point in the
struggle against militarist and Islamic terrorism and in defence
of liberty, civilisation and universal rights for all throughout
1- No to
war, No to economic sanctions
and a military strike on Iran will have catastrophic human,
political and social consequences. What happened in Iraq should
not be repeated in Iran. These threats must stop immediately.
2- No to
US militarism, No to political Islam
In the conflict
between the state terrorism of the West and Islamic terrorism,
the civilised world is not represented. Both sides of this
conflict are reactionary and inhuman. They must be driven back.
disarmament of all states
Neither Iran, nor
the USA, nor any other state should have nuclear weapons. The
Iranian regime’s nuclear project must stop immediately.
However, states which have the largest stockpiles of nuclear
weapons themselves are not competent authorities to judge on the
nuclear capability of other states. Halting the Islamic
Republic of Iran's nuclear project is the task of the
freedom-loving people of the world, in particular the people of
Iran - just as the nuclear disarmament of all states and
liberation from the global nuclear nightmare can only be
achieved by the struggle of the people of the world.
on civil liberties in the West in the name of ‘war on terror’
The governments in
the West are violating or restricting civil rights and liberties
in the name of fighting the terrorist threat and safeguarding
security. Increased surveillance and control of citizens,
curtailing freedom of _expression and movement and denying the
rights of immigrants are some of the commonest forms that this
attack on people’s rights is taking. This must be stopped. No
excuse for an attack on civil rights and liberties is
actively support the struggle of the people of Iran against a
military attack and against the
Republic of Iran
For 27 years the
people of Iran have been fighting against repression, violation
of women’s rights, sexual apartheid, stoning, torture, execution
of political prisoners and poverty and economic deprivation.
The people of Iran want to and can determine their own political
destiny. Support for the struggle of the Iranian people for
freedom, the victory of this struggle against the Islamic
Republic and the establishment of people’s own direct rule will
be a crucial step in standing up to the US government’s bullying
and a decisive blow to Islamic terrorism in the Middle East and
Islamic Republic must be expelled from the international
The Islamic regime
in Iran must be kicked out of the international community, just
like the racist South African regime, for 27 years of crimes
against humanity, for the brutal suppression of the rightful
struggles of the people, for the execution of over one hundred
thousand political prisoners, for establishing a sexual
apartheid in Iran and for promoting Islamic terrorism in the
Middle East and throughout the world. We call for the
non-recognition of the Islamic Republic as the representative of
the Iranian people, for the ending of diplomatic ties with it
and the closure of its embassies everywhere. We call for the
expulsion of the regime from international institutions.
We invite all
humanitarian, secular, anti-war and freedom-loving
organisations, forces, parties and individuals in the world to
sign this Manifesto and join the Third Camp to confront both
poles of terrorism.
Initial list of
Coordinator, International Committee against Stoning, Germany
International Campaign against the Sharia Court in Canada and
Director of Children First Now, Canada (including organisation).
editor of Butterflies and Wheels, deputy editor of The
Philosophers' Magazine, and co-author of 'Why Truth Matters',
Coordinator, Never Forget Hatun Campaign, Germany (including
President of the National Secular Society, Chair of Right to
Refuse to Kill, and former Asst. Editor of Hyde Park Socialist,
representative of the Defence of Secularism and Civil Rights in
Iraq, Germany (including organisation).
Deeyah, singer and
writer, editor in chief of Prochoix, and author of several
political prisoner in Iran for 8 years, Norway.
Secretary of the Health Care Workers' Council in Nasiriyah, Iraq
Deputy Director, International Federation of Iranian Refugees,
the Netherlands (including organisation).
Head of Women's Liberation of Iraq, Germany (including
Spokesperson of the International Campaign for Defence of
Women's Rights in Iran, Sweden (including organisation).
editor of 'Hintergrund', Germany.
Chair of Lewisham Humanist Group, UK.
Azar Majedi, Chair
of the Organisation of Women's Liberation, UK (including
webmaster of the International Committee against Executions,
Sweden (including organisation).
activist of the Young Communists' Organisation (including
writer, former Republican prisoner and H-Blocks blanket
protester in Maze prison in the 70s and 80s, Ireland.
former chairperson of the Irish Republican Socialist Party,
Writer, Director of the Worker-communist Party of Iran's
International Relations, and 2005 winner of the National Secular
Society's Secularist of the Year award, UK.
author of Blanketmen, Ireland.
Liam O Ruairc,
Communications Worker, Ireland.
Director Iranian Secular Society, UK (including organisation).
Pooya, editor of Secular, the Netherlands (including
veteran of secular and gay activism, author of nine books with a
journalistic career spanning 30 years and vice president of The
National Secular Society, UK.
Schmidt-Salomon, Giordano Bruno Foundation, Germany.
director of Les cahiers de l’Orient, and author of several books
such as Les réseaux d’Allah (2001) et Liberté, égalité, Islam:
la République face au communautarisme (2005), France.
Secretary of the Central Committee of the Left Worker-communist
Party of Iraq, Iraq (including organisation).
Public Relations of the International Labour Solidarity
Committee of the Worker-communist Party of Iran, UK (including
Secretary of the Central Committee of the Worker-communist Party
of Iran, (including organisation).
To add your
signature to the Manifesto, email email@example.com.
Moreover, please feel free to publish it.
information, the press can contact any of the signatories or
Maryam Namazie at firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone:
+44 (0) 7719166731.